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Abstract : Fabric Structures are considered the oldest forms of Housing. Throughout history, they have been adopted in one form or another by different groups of people living in a variety of environmental conditions.
The tent form was ideal for nomads because they were lightweight, mobile and adaptable but the "modern Nomad" doesnít need a tent anymore as our living quarters have become more permanent wherever we happen to be or go.
Tensile architecture represents the new trend in design and construction with the minimum amount of material. Most buildings today are basically compression structures.
There is another way to build, though, using flexible materials and the force of tension, rather than weight, to hold things together.
The use of tensioned fabric in architecture necessitates collaboration between engineers and architects from the beginning. This paper deals with the Potential of Tension Fabric Structures in Housing and warehousing.
The focus of this report is to explain the "overall performance" of Housing and Warehousing could improve with the use of Tension Fabric Structures in the country like India.
Overall performance is defined as the success of a building or space in sustaining human needs i.e. physical, social and environmental.
Housing is a very personal experience and a form of architecture with complex physical, environmental and social issues. My utopian vision is to first have a decent home for every person build by using tension fabric structures.
The use of tension fabric structures in residential applications must be looked at differently at each segment of the market. For single family homes, the use is extremely personal and often experimental.
On the other hand, the benefit Architects tend to seek in using fabric structures in housing is a safe and reliable spatial envelope for public assembly that will improve, not solve, the overall performance of the development.
Today, Fabric Structures have played an important role in society.
We can all agree that they provide environmental protection and an alternative solution to some traditional materials but itís hard to measure the satisfaction one gets out of fabric structures on a social level.
Fabric structures have primarily been built for only public uses: amphitheaters, recreational centers, shopping malls, stadiums and pavilions, but they are not used on an everyday basis for living.
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